How Often Should Your Air Conditioner be Serviced?
You’d be surprised how much attention your air conditioner needs to operate at top efficiency. Not sticking to a regular servicing schedule can put a dent in your wallet and put you at risk of developing a nasty cough. Let us explain.
How Air Conditioners Work (The Basics)
Air conditioners work by collecting hot air from a space, processing it and releasing lovely cool air. The processing part involves a system of internal components working together to extract the heat from the air. With the heat removed, the air is chilled and delivered for you to enjoy.
An air conditioner will keep sucking in air, processing it and releasing cold air until the temperature of a room is the same as the temperature on the thermostat.
Now, imagine it’s a typical Australian summer’s day – the sun is beaming, it’s 38 degrees and your home feels like an oven. Just think about how much air will pass through your air conditioning system for it to reach a comfortable temperature. A lot, right?
Why Your Air Con Needs a Regular Service
Over time the internal components of your air conditioner experience wear from processing so much air and stop working at their best. This is where problems arise for your wallet, comfort and health. You should consider air conditioning maintenance once a year:
To Save Money
An air conditioner that isn’t working efficiently will use more energy than normal to run. If you’re using more energy, your power bills will increase and you will have to set aside extra money to cover costs. A regular service will keep those power bills in check by ensuring your system is operating at its best.
A regular service will also prevent small problems from developing into big, expensive ones. Take internal coils, for example. Coils can collect dust, dirt, pollen and moisture. When coils are covered by contaminants they don’t transfer heat properly. This puts pressure on other parts of the air conditioner to work harder, leading to shorter life-spans. A service to clean coils will stop parts ageing prematurely and delay the need to replace them.
To Keep Cool in Summer
This one is simple. Your air conditioning takes longer to produce cool air when compromised.. On a scorching day (or night) this will leave you hot and flustered. Avoid discomfort with regular service.
To Protect Your Health
Even though your air conditioner has filters, the inside still gets dirty. Worse still, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, mould and fungi. Breathing in the air carrying these contaminants is harmful to your respiratory health, causing eye and skin irritations, a runny or blocked nose, wheezing and chest infections. If you already have a respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, it is especially important to have your air conditioner serviced regularly. Doing so minimises the risk of your condition flaring up because of poor quality air.
What a Technician Will Do When They Service Your Air Conditioner
There are parts of your air conditioner you can and should clean yourself. Your air conditioner’s manual will provide a step by step guide on how to do this safely. However, a full and thorough service can only be achieved by a qualified technician. During a service your technician will:
- Inspect all internal and external parts
- Check electrical connections
- Check refrigerant levels
- Clean internal parts
- Clean or change air filters
When Was Your Air Conditioner Last Serviced?
If you can’t remember the last time you had your air conditioner serviced by a professional, now is the time to have it done. From evaporative air conditioning repair to aircon regas, Metropolitan can do it all. Learn more about Metropolitan Air Conditioning’s servicing options today.
Published: 21 Feb, 2020